Buying Green

Old booksHow do everyday purchases impact our watershed? From our choice in garden plants (water demand, spread of non-native seeds) to large appliances (energy production can lead to air pollution and climate change), making simple changes in our purchasing habits can have a substantial impact on our environment. A few things to consider on your next shopping trip:

  • Is the product reusable? Recyclable or contain recycled material?
  • Are the raw materials derived from a renewable resource?
  • Does the product produce pollution?
  • Does the product require special disposal due to hazardous or other properties?
  • Does its production benefit the local economy?
  • How far did the product have to travel to get to you?
  • Purchase resource efficient products with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), high recycled content, and durability.

Look for the One Percent for the Planet logo – this means companies are donating 1% of total annual income to environmental non-profits.


Food How far does your food travel before it gets to your table and what effect does this have on climate change?


Clothing and Clothes Cleaners Check out “The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned from Patagonia’s 40 Years” by Yvon Chouinard & Vincent Stanley.


Paper Products and Office Supplies If your office does not have a Recycled Products Purchasing Policy, why not start one?


Restaurants Clean Bay Certified Restaurants go above and beyond what the law requires to keep litter and pollution out of the ocean.